BIJOU-REVIEW: Buck Wild – Honey BBQ Snack Mix

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Buck Wild - Honey BBQ MixAs one little reviewer responded, after being asked what she thought of this latest snack from Buck Wild:

Yummy.  Just yummy. 

In case you are looking for a touch more description from the reviews you read….

Buck Wild’s latest snack mix is very much similar to their Chocolate Banana Snack Mix, in that it includes an odd combination of snack pieces.

In this case there are pretzel pendants, corn sticks and pita bites (not exactly sure which was which), crunchy corn pieces, and peanuts.

The snack mix was more than thoroughly coated with a fairly sweet and smoky BBQ seasoning.  Nothing amazing, but nothing pleasantly out of place either.

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Mix provided to Chip Review by Buck Wild for review

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BIJOU-REVIEW: T.G.I. Friday’s – Sweet & Spicy Happy Hour Snack Mix

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

TGI Friday's - Sweet & Spicy Happy Hour Snack MixIt is about that time, right?

We can only imagine how this over-the-top, disjointed “happy hour snack mix” came to exist.

Dude 1: Hey man, do you have anything we could crunch on with these ice cold brewskies?

Dude 2: Not sure…let me check the cupboards.  Oh yeah, let’s see here…..looks like I’ve got butter toffee peanuts, wasabi peas, roasted almonds, pecans, cashews, some rice crackers, and cajun corn sticks…..oh yeah, and apparently honey mustard pretzels.  What would you like?

Dude 1: Well, it is happy hour, so everything! Mixed together!

And as they say….the rest is history.

Not too much to say about these.  TGI Friday’s has taken a lot, and we do mean A LOT, of high quality products we know and love, and combined them into one sweet & spicy mess of a snack mix.  Despite the weird combination of disconnected crunchy pieces, it somehow all works!!  The wasabi peas are certainly the most dominantly flavor profile, but most of the other mix ingredients play off of the unmistakable nasal heat just fine.  The variety of nuts provide a good level of mouth fat and textural difference, and the pretzels are there to bring everything home, and probably to soak up the beer!

Mix discovered at 7-eleven; Burr Ridge, Illinois

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REVIEW: It’s Freakin’ Awesome Nosh Bag

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips  (lip-smacking)

It's Freakin' AwesomeWow, this stuff really is Freakin’ Awesome!  Seriously, it literally is It’s Freakin’ Awesome Nosh Bag!!

Every so often we cross paths with a chip or snack that is a first of its kind.  Heck, just last week we tried our first Mojo Criollo flavored chips, along with chips made from egg whites!  And, what we have here is plain and simple, unlike any other snack, of any sort, that we have ever tried!! It is FREAKIN’ UNIQUE!  It is FREAKIN’ LIP-SMACKING!  It is FREAKIN’ AWESOME!!  May we just point out the product advisory from the back of the bag: “This disruptive tasting snack has corrupted the palates of NCAA athletes to 87-year-old grandmothers.”  Well, let the delicious disruption begin!

First of all, listen to this line-up of just some of the ingredients: peanuts, almonds, dried cranberries, something like, if not, Crispix corn & rice cereal pieces, and caramelized tortilla chips!  CARAMELIZED TORTILLA CHIPS!!  All mingling with spices like cinnamon, cayenne and garlic!  The creative mix definitely leans towards the sweeter end of the flavor spectrum.  However, remaining just savory enough for our own personal taste preferences from the generous usage of peanuts and almonds!  And just sour and tangy enough from the the dried cranberries.  We also absolutely love all of the contrasting textural elements.  Crispy Crispix, crunchy nuts, chewy dried cranberries and crackly corn tortilla chips – oh my!

Did we mention the CARAMELIZED TORTILLA CHIPS yet?!  A golden hued, glossy sugar glaze, coated much of the product inside the Nosh Bag, but none more so than the tortilla chips.  Why this ingenious combination hasn’t been done before (if it has we are unaware), we have no clue!  The thick-ish coating of crystallized sugar envelops the tortilla chips, adding a crispy layer of sweetness that perfectly compliments the natural corn sugars. Sprinkle on a dash of fragrant cinnamon, spicy cayenne and pungent garlic, and our taste buds were shocked and amazed!  If we had one complaint it would most likely be that we could have used a bit more salt included in the equation, but again that is our own personal preference.

The myriad of contrasting ingredients are amazingly cohesive, and despite the unique combination they tasted oddly familiar?  But, we just can’t quite pinpoint what it is…?  Does this combo taste like delicious Nutter Butter cookies?  Caramel corn?  Or, is it a Butter Finger candy bar?  Could it be one of the hundreds of different types of Girl Scout Cookies available today?  In the end, we’re pretty sure it is likely some sort of Christmas cookies that grandma used to make, but frankly we don’t care as long as we have this Nosh Bag in our lives (we say as we shake the bag above our mouths to get those last little crumbs!)!!

We’re not sure if this amazing stuff is available for sale at any retail outlets (you’ve got to be freakin’ kiddin’ us!?!), but we do know that you can clink on their website below and get it headed your way right fast!

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Nosh provided to Chip Review by It’s Freakin’ Awesome for review

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